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Summer Job Opportunity: TA/RA with the Ithaca Young Writers Institute

Contributed by Jaime Warburton on 02/10/20 

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  The Ithaca Young Writers Institute, a two-week residential program for high school-aged creative writers, is hiring TA/RAs! The 2020 IYWI will run July 5 to July 17, 2020. 

This year we will be offering a cross-genre workshop, a sci-fi/fantasy workshop, and a fiction workshop. Housing and one meal per day included. If you would like to know more about the IWI, you can check out last year's offerings and faculty; view slideshows from 20162017, or 2019; look at one of our Instagrams; read the literary magazines from 20162017, or 2018; or visit our Facebook page. The job ad appears on the Student Employment board and also appears below. Applications from members of all underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.



DEPARTMENT Writing JOB POSTING TITLE TA/RA for Ithaca Young Writers Institute (Summer) NUMBER OF OPEN POSITIONS Multiple PAY RATE AND/OR PAY RANGE $12.70 JOB SERIES Office Operations Assistant JOB LEVEL C ANTICIPATED START DATE 7/3/20 APPLICATION DEADLINE 3/15/20 WORKING HOURS PER WEEK 37.5 ANTICIPATED WEEKLY WORK SCHEDULE Sample schedule: 9-noon, 1:30-3:30, 7-9 per weekday plus rotating RA duties. JOB DESCRIPTION Chaperone and mentor high school-age students participating in our residential summer program for creative writers; assist a faculty member as TA in morning writing workshop; teach one one-time class of your own on a topic of your choice; give a reading of your own work. Institute runs from July 5 to July 17, 2020; you will report directly to faculty director Prof. Jaime Warburton as well as working with your assigned faculty member (a professor from the Department of Writing) and the RC for the summer programs. You will be asked to complete a paid training. Room and partial board are included in addition to your pay.

For more info: REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Required Qualifications:
Preference will be given to previous IYWI alums and sophomore and junior Writing majors, but all students of sophomore standing with a strong writing background and some experience within the Writing Department are encouraged to apply. You must be able to live on campus for the duration of the institute.

The ideal candidates will be responsible role models, excellent writers, and enthusiastic teachers with expertise in at least two of the following genres:

Personal Essay
Literary Magazines
Editing & Publishing

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY To apply, please email a brief cover letter, resume, names and contact information for two references, and your answers to following job-specific questions to IYWI Director Prof. Jaime Warburton at by 5:00 PM March 15th. Your cover letter should be the body of your email, and the resume, names of references, and answers to questions should be attached as a single PDF (one attachment, not three) labeled as YOUR NAME_IYWI_APPLICATION_20.

Finalists will be contacted that week and offered interviews.

Job Specific Questions:
List your class (Sophomore, Junior, etc.), major, and minor.

Are you available to live (on campus, cost included) and work in Ithaca from July 3rd to July 17th, 2020?

Please rank your preferences for working in this program:

Cross-Genre (poetry, personal essay, image/text)

Have you had any experience tutoring or teaching? If so, please describe.

Have you had any experience working as an RA, camp counselor, mentor, or chaperone? If so, please describe.

Have you had any experience in literary magazines, publishing, or layout and design, such as working as an editor for Stillwater? If so, please describe.

Name two of the most important Writing courses you’ve taken. Why were they important to you?

What’s something you think you could contribute as an TA/RA for the Ithaca Writers Institute?

What’s something you think you could learn from being an TA/RA for the Ithaca Writers Institute?

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